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Save Money When Buying Clothes Online: Try Them On First

If you don’t like ‘em, return ‘em. If you do like ‘em, buy ‘em!

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Here’s something we’ve all been guilty of: taking our sweet time trying on clothes at the mall.

It’s like choosing colors and templates for one of your social media avatars. The difference is that you’re working on your actual, tangible body.

Goodness gracious, can this process be a hassle!

Before you step into that private sanctuary known as the dressing room, you have to get to the retail establishment, which often means grappling with traffic. Then, in case you change your mind about the stuff you’ve already purchased, you have to follow some tedious steps to process the return and the refund.

Thankfully, those days are over. Courtesy of Amazon Prime, you can indulge in mix-and-match from the comfort of your own home.

Try before you buy (It’s exactly what it sounds like)

With Prime Try Before You Buy, you get to try up to a dozen different items. Here’s the best part: No matter what you decide to do with these products, you don’t ever have to bother going to a physical store. It’s shopping from home at its absolute finest.

First, you need to be an Amazon Prime account holder. You can have a paid membership, a trial membership (you know, those 30-day things), a discounted monthly membership, or a Prime Student membership. You also need to have a credit card that won’t expire for at least another 90 days. 

How the process works

To begin, choose up to six clothing items (including jewelry and accessories) and six activewear pieces (like sweatshirts, leggings, athletic socks, and running shoes). Make sure that each of your items has the “Try Before You Buy” icon.

Expect your order to arrive in four to six working days. The official try-on period commences when the last item is delivered.

When your Try Before You Buy order arrives, try on the items. Your try-on period will last for seven days, which is plenty of time to pester your roommate or relatives with the dreaded question “How do I look?”

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For each of your items, you have two options: buy or return. For those you’ll be purchasing, you’ll be completing the checkout in Amazon’s Your Orders section. Remember: You’ll have to pay the full value of your order if you don’t properly mark items for keeping and returning by 11:59 p.m. on the last day of your try-on period.

To avoid paying for items that you don’t want to keep, properly mark unwanted items and return them within seven days after your try-on period ends. Place the items back in the re-sealable package you received, and don’t forget to attach the pre-paid label that came with your Try Before You Buy order.

You will receive a notification in your email once all your returned products have been received. Simple as that!

Once upon a time, the notion of trying on clothes when shopping online was inconceivable. Now, it’s a convenient reality made possible by Try Before You Buy. Go on, let your inner fashionista loose!

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